Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 319 and 320 Menu: Looking back and planning ahead

Hi guys!  Wow, last week was a full one.  I had my menu all planned but never actually made it to the computer to post it.  Last week was full with lots of baseball games and practices, scouts, school stuff, grocery shopping, laundry, piano recital, time with friends, etc., etc., etc.

When I have crazy days planned out, I kind of crave my alone time that I have before the kids get up and the fun starts.  I usually exercise while my family is still asleep.  I've been running pretty regularly in the mornings and love that the weather is pretty warm and the sun is up early.  Last week I got up super, super early and went to an early morning session at the temple.  It was a beautiful way to start the day, with time to reflect on the things that are really important in my life.

This week I have a few goals:
1.  Try to not be late.  This means I need to get the kids shoes on way in advance.  :)
2.  Instead of checking blogs, facebook and instagram,  make time to study the scripture and talks from the recent General Conference while I eat.
3.  Make dinner every night, so we're not scrambling around to find something at 7 pm after practices and games.
4.  Have the pantry and fridge stocked with lots and lots of healthy snacks and buy enough so I don't have to go grocery shopping three times this week.
5.  Keep on top of the laundry and have everything actually folded and put away.
6.  Make a cleaning chart that I can check off during the week, so I can make sure that I clean everything.  It's been an adjustment living in a house that is over twice the size of my last house.  It takes way longer to clean and it's been hard to fit cleaning in with our other busyness.

Actually I could keep going and going and going on my list of goals.  That's one thing that I struggle many things to do better and be better at, at not enough hours in the day.'s my menu from last week:

Monday:  we had honey lime enchiladas, fresh salsa and black beans

Tuesday:  I don't think I made dinner...lots of scrambling to find something to eat. Made banana bread for snack for my scout boys.

Wednesday;  had friends from NM over for dinner.  Grilled burgers (teriyaki and regular), grilled corn salsa (found fresh corn at Winco, super yummy!), spinach salad, coconut oil brownie bites for dessert (YUM!!!)

Thursday: leftovers

Friday; grilled marinated 7up chicken, hashbrowns, fruit and veggies

Saturday:  tinfoil dinners

Sunday:  my son helped me make waikiki meatballs, steamed rice and broccoli for dinner (requirement for scouts to make dinner, set the table and do the dishes, NICE!) and my daughter made brownie pudding for dessert

Alrighty...time for this week.  I haven't told you how happy I am to have my grill back in comission.  We took our propane tanks to my brother-in-laws house in November and left them there with our truck during our move.  We drove the truck back here during spring break and I'm stocked up with propane now and have loved grilling again.  My family's favorite recipes are mostly things that are grilled

Monday:  chicken fajitas (grilled of course)

Tuesday: spaghetti (on spaghetti squash for me, I LOVE it!)

Wednesday: make pepperoni bread and prep lots of snacking veggies and fruit to take to dinnertime baseball game

Thursday: creamy chicken and wild rice soup, easy favorite whole wheat bread

Friday:  grilled salmon, rice pilaf, salad

Saturday:  easy night

Sunday:  beef and broccoli

Wow, feels good to have that all planned out!  Hopefully I will find some time to share a few recipes with you this week.  I have some yummy things to share!

What about you?  Do you have goals for this week?  What are you making for dinner?  Or if you're like me, what did you have for dinner last week?

Have a great day!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Week 318 Menu and something new

Hi everyone!  Friday is not too late to post a weekly menu, right?  It was a great memory exercise to see if I remember what we actually ate this week.  It's been a busy one!

Monday: we had taco soup

Tuesday: we had turkey meatball sandwiches (from stuff I had stashed in the freezer, so yummy!  My daughter's favorite!)

Wednesday: fried potatoes, peppers and chicken sausage

Thursday:  ham, cheesy potatoes, one hour rolls

Friday:  pizza, giant green salad, creme filled cupcakes

Saturday: easy night

Sunday: grill steak, whole wheat cous cous, salad

Yesterday we had lots of yummy food that my daughter requested for her birthday.  Crepes for breakfast!  I made cinnamon rolls and took them to the school to share with her class.  The kids commented that they thought they were storebought because they were so good.  :)  (I think adults would think the opposite...homemade = good, storebought = not so much.)  I'll take the compliment!

We decided to forgo birthday cake on the actual birthday and instead of creme filled chocolate cupcakes tonight with her friends!  I'm making them this morning.  Smelling yummy!

Oh, speaking of cinnamon rolls (a whole paragraph ago) that reminds me that I set up a NEW instagram account just for my blog @whatisonyourmenu.  
I'd been thinking about setting up a seperate account for a while now, but finally decided to do it just in case my instagram friends didn't really want to see pictures of cinnamon rolls and notifications when I post something new on the blog.  

Feel free to follow me!  I love Instagram.  I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  So much less annoying than Facebook.  Less notifications.  Less seeing what other people are "liking" and posting on other peoples pages.  Less ads.  Just simple, happy pictures.  

All to get going.  Have a great weekend!  And I'd love to hear what you actually ate this week, even if you're vacationing during spring break!  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Week 317 Menu (Looking Back at Last Week)

Hi guys!  Last week was spring break for my kids. We spent most of the week at home doing soccer camp and hanging out together.  Pretty fun!

We started out the week with crepes for breakfast on Monday. Mmm...nothing like peanut butter and nutella for breakfast.

On Thursday we drove to Utah for a whirlwind trip. It was a fast trip, but fun to see lots of family.  We got to have lots of Easter fun too.  Hopefully my kids are sick of candy now.  :)
I had great intentions of posting my menu last Monday, but the week got away from me and here we are at the start of another week.  I thought I'd post what we actually ate last week.

Here goes:

Monday:  french dip sandwiches using leftover perfect pot roast

Tuesday:  breakfast burritos

Wednesday:  spaghetti, french bread, better than everything cake, salad

Thursday: chicken salad wraps while driving to Utah

Friday:  grilled hamburgers with lots of family, I made some teriyaki burgers that were yum!

Saturday: yummy carne asada or chicken tacos made by my sister-in-law

Sunday:  hmmm...did we have dinner?  We spent the day driving home to Washington and snacked a lot.  Remember my favorite road trip food post?  That's pretty much what we ate.

All righty... I'm off to tackle unpacking and cleaning out my car.  Ready for a full week of baseball, running, scouts, homework, birthday, etc.  This week's menu needs some serious planning so it's doable.  I'll be back tomorrow with it...hopefully!

How about you?  What did you eat last week?  Feel free to share even if you weren't home the whole week, like me.  ;)  You still ate, right?

Have a happy Monday!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Peek into My House and Basketball Room

Hi guys!  I wanted to give you a peek into my living room today because I wanted to show your our most used "toy" in our home.
That's right.  We have a basketball hoop in our living room.  Or I guess it's not really a living room any more, because it's kind of like a gym.  
 Our house in New Mexico was much smaller than our new home in Washington, so we don't have living room furniture.  My son looked at the tall ceilings and decided that the basketball hoop should go into the living room (not in the awesome basement because the ceilings aren't as high).
We've had this basketball hoop in our living room for the last four years (above the doorway to the kitchen in our last house).

Anyway....I just noticed today on that that this hoop is on sale on Amazon just today for half off.  Such a good deal!  $14.99 .  You can buy it on for $29.99 regularly.  It's a great hoop and has a really strong rim.

It's made to go over the back of a door, but we built a simple frame on the back of it, so we can screw it into the studs in the wall.
Here's another view of the frame we built.

Anyway...I just wanted to share this with you.  Maybe someday we'll get living room furniture and take down the hoop, but not for a while.  I can't wait to start renovating our paint, trim, higher baseboards, refinishing the floor and banister, etc.  I'm thinking about carrying the wood floor into the living room.  That would be even better for basketball playing, eh?


Monday, March 23, 2015

Week 316 Menu

Hi guys!  Did you have a great weekend?  Ours was busy, but fun.  Yesterday was a much needed "day of rest".  After church we watched The Sound of Music as a family.  My kiddos had never seen it, and now we're all singing "Do Re Mi."  (And to my FitBit step counting friends, I only got 6,897 steps all time low.  Kind of nice and relaxing!)

I'm excited for this week, because my sister and her kiddos are coming to visit!  I'm super excited to see them and to have our first house guests.  Then we kick off spring break this weekend.  Can't wait!  First we have to survive some major after school craziness.  :)

My kids had last Friday off from school, so we went on a hike together.  Now they can't wait to take their cousins on it.  (And I got a ton of FitBit stairs from it too.)

Menu time...

Monday:  chicken tetrazinni

Wednesday:  drip beef sandwiches

Thursday:  pork honey lime enchiladas

Friday:  pizza

Saturday:  dinner before the General Women's broadcast with my daughter.  I'm looking forward to it!  She is too!  

What's on your menu this week?  I love hearing what you're making.  Gives me inspiration.  :)  

Did you see my post about FitBit last week?  I'm still loving it.  Got a little competitive on the last day of the challenge I was doing with my friends on Friday.  Felt good!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I'm a FitBit Fan!

Hi guys!  Have you noticed in the last month that I've talked about my FitBit quite a lot?  Well, I've been talking about it a lot because I really love it!  I love it so much that I thought I'd tell you why.

My husband and I had talked about getting FitBits for each other for Christmas, but ended up not getting them in the moving craziness.  And I had thought that it would be fun to have one, but not necessary.  I hadn't given FitBits another thought since Christmas.

Then on Valentine's Day, my hubby surprised me with a FitBit charge.  (Maybe he was tired of hearing me complain about the few pounds that I've gained since we've moved...darn stress snacking caught up to me!)

He got me this FitBit Charge, size small.  He got it at Walmart, but I've seen them at Costco and on Amazon for a little less than he paid.
Let me tell you why I love it...

1.  It keeps me motivated!  This was a screenshot from my FitBit app on my phone yesterday...
I've always been pretty good at exercising regularly, but actually seeing how many steps I'm taking and comparing them day by day has been eye opening.  

My step goal is 15,000 steps per day and I usually pass it by a few thousand steps, except on Sunday.  Sundays are really a day of rest for me I guess, and unless we go on a walk before or after church, I don't get many steps at all.  

Yesterday I only had time to run two miles before my kids woke up, then I ran and speedwalked around my basement for a while while my little guy played.  And I ran up and down my stairs a few times...not 71 times in a row though.  :)  My active minutes were higher than normal yesterday because of reason #2 (challenges).

2.  Challenges! 

I've been doing Workweek Challenges with some friends and their friends each week since I got my FitBit and it's been so fun!  Holy cow, the competiveness comes out of these sweet ladies and we end up stepping way more than usual to not end up last in the challenge.  
As you can see my sweet friend, Teri, as always is ahead of me!
You can comment to each other in the challenge and it's been a fun way to keep in touch with friends that I miss in New Mexico and also get back in touch with friends I haven't seen in years!  

3.  The FitBit itself...  

The TIME.  The display on the FitBit shows the time when you double tap it, or click on the button on the side.  I don't wear my watch anymore, and I miss being able to see the time without clicking on anything.

ALARMS.  You can set alarms on your FitBit app and then the alarm on your FitBit goes off by vibrating.  I've always had a hard time with alarms.  I sleep through them, or turn them off in my sleep.  But this alarm on my wrist isn't annoying, just two short vibrates and a long vibrate over and over.  It has helped me get up so much easier!  

The DISPLAY.  You can easily see how many steps you've taken, miles you've gone, calories you've burned and floors you've climbed by pushing the button on the side of the FitBit.  

CALLER ID.  If you turn Bluetooth on on your phone, you can have your FitBit notify you when someone is calling.  Your FitBIt vibrates and shows the name and number of the caller.  I love this because I hate having my phone on my all the time when I'm at home, so I love still being notified if someone is calling.  We don't have a landline, so I don't want to miss any calls on my phone because it's not right by me  

4.  Tracks my sleep.  I love being able to see my sleep patterns.  Most nights I sleep pretty well, but last night on the other hand I guess I was a little restless.  And I didn't go to bed early enough.  Ugh!

5.  Track your FOOD and WATER intake.  I haven't done this as often I should.  Counting calories kind of stresses me out, mostly when it gets to dinner time and I don't want to take the time to figure out how many calories I've eaten.  It's not that bad though, since the app helps you figure it out.  I'm just lazy I guess.  

There are lots of other reasons why I love my FitBit, but these are the main reasons.  I'm really glad that I have one and I think I'm addicted!  

What about you?  Do you have one?  Do you want one?  If you have one, what are your favorite features that I haven't figured out yet.  Happy stepping!